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'Lowest snow of the year so far': Cold snap to bring snow as low as 500 metres to Tasmania

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Roads are expected to be slippery as snow falls. Image / Pulse

Tasmania is set to experience a cold snap on Friday, with forecasters predicting snow to fall across the state by the end of the week.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Angus Hines said most of the state will be wet, with widespread showers expected.

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“It’s gonna be really early in the morning, 1am, 2am, when this front goes through Hobart bringing a line of showers and a possible round of hail,” he said.

“[There won’t be] a lot of rain with this front as it passes, perhaps 50mm for Western Tasmania but only 5mm to 15mm elsewhere.”

Hines said even without the rain, the state could still see snow around the Great Lake and Central Highlands.

Snow will fall on Friday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology say

“Snow [will be] potentially falling as low as 500 metres on Friday afternoon across Tasmania,” he said.

“That could be the lowest snow of the year so far.”

Tasmanian forecast for Friday:

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Hobart – Min 9, Max 13: Cloudy. Very high chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Possible small hail from the late morning. Winds westerly 15 to 20 km/h turning southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon.

Launceston – Min 10, Max 16: Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h early in the morning then shifting south to southwesterly in the late morning and early afternoon.

Devonport/Burnie – Min 11, Max 15: Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers, most likely in the morning. Winds westerly 20 to 30 km/h tending southwesterly 20 to 25 km/h in the morning then increasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the middle of the day.

Queenstown – Min 8, Max 13: Cloudy. Very high chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Possible small hail from the late morning. Winds westerly 20 to 25 km/h tending southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then tending southerly in the evening.

Central Plateau area – Min 1, Max 8: Cloudy. Very high chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Snow falling above 600 metres. Possible small hail in the south in the afternoon and evening. Winds westerly 25 to 40 km/h turning south to southwesterly during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching between 7 and 11.

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